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The Archaeology of Coastal Bengal

Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay (Author)

Research work on coastal Bengal has mostly focused on maritime trading networks. In a clear departure from the existing scholarship, this volume questions the linearity of considering trade as the sole determinant of creation of settlement in the coastal regions. Focusing on settlement strategies, Chattopadhyay unravels how human societies, through successive generations, have adapted to the coastal environment and bioregime.

First-hand data, procured through extensive fieldwork, forms the sound basis of this work. From structural remains, ceramic and bone implements, and stone tools, to terracotta figurines and inscriptions, a vast array of sources, including epigraphic and literary sources, is analysed. Significantly, the volume also highlights the interconnection between coastal geography and the hinterland.

Chattopadhyay’s meticulously researched work offers a geographical and temporal frame which allows the research on coastal Bengal to be viewed as an integral part of the archaeological developments in not only the subcontinent but also the adjoining region of the Southeast Asian countries.

Contents List of Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgements Prologue 1. Historiography 2. Quaternary of the Bengal Coast 3. Geophysical Features of Coastal West Bengal 4. Distribution of Sites/Settlements 5. Assemblage Analysis 6. Inscriptions and Coastal Life Epilogue Glossary References Index.

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About the author

Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay

Professor (Dr.) Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay is presently teaching in the Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta. He started his career as Curator of Archaeology and Museum Unit, Department of History, Delhi University. His book Bankura: A Study of Its Archaeological Sources (2011) is a pioneer work in the field of archaeology. He has recently been offered as Professor of Eminence in the Presidency University, Kolkata in acknowledgement of his academic achievements.

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Title The Archaeology of Coastal Bengal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.02.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199481682
length 358p.